Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

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Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

More than ever before, internships are very important. If a student wants to settle in his or her home state, that college's ties in the community or in other cities in that state could be instrumental in setting that student up to begin his or her professional life.

Lisa Hatch
Independent College Counselor College Primers

In-State vs. Out-of-State

If you’re lucky (and capable!) enough to secure admission to both in and out-of-state schools, you’ll find yourself faced with another dilemma in the seemingly never-ending college decision process. Which option is the better choice for you? Tuition aside, you’ll want to devote heavy consideration to what type of environment and overall learning experience meets your needs. If you think you'll benefit from the challenge of taking on the unknown, going away to school can help you grow in confidence and independence in ways that can’t always be assigned monetary value. Aside from helping you prepare for future career success, the college experience is a critical part of the passage from adolescence and adulthood, and the forced independence that attending an out-of-state school requires can be an invaluable asset as you move forward with your adult life. That being said, however, before you make your decision, try looking at in-state schools through different eyes. Don’t discount a particular school just because you feel you know it too well or it’s too close to your parents’ home. Remember, many students who attend an out-of-state school end up returning home before earning their degrees, and many students who attend in-state schools rarely see their nearby families. So, just because you stay closer to home doesn't mean you'll completely lose out on the opportunity to grow into an independent adult. Attending college in your home state provides you with access to a support system that may be crucial to your college success. If you think that being closer to your family support system will enhance your college experience, you'll probably do better attending college in your state, especially if you're also trying to overcome learning differences or other difficulties. The bottom line is, whether you attend an in or out-of-state establishment is hardly as important as whether you attend a school where you feel happy, comfortable, and challenged in your environment – wherever that may be.

William Chichester

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Pro of In-State - closer to home in case you get homesick...lower travel costs Out of State - away from family (could be a good thing)

Patricia Aviezer
President Inside Track To College, Inc.

It's All About What Works For You

Well working in a state that offers a great scholarship program, this question comes up all the time. If a student could receive a scholarship that pays for 100% of their tuition with a 3.5 GPA and 1280 on the SAT's, why would they consider other options? So here are the BENEFITS of attending your State College! 1. So close to home that I commute, saving dorm and food costs. 2. I can come home when I want without paying for a plane ticket. 3. Some of my high school friends will be attending the same college and we study well together and I won't feel so alone in this new setting. 4. I'll graduate owing very little in loans and can use my savings for graduate school. 5. I've graduated in the top 5% from my "very good" high school and know I can compete academically with students from my own state. There are many more reasons, but let's look at the DRAWBACKS and why you might look into an Out-of-State College. 1. This out-of-state college graduates 80% of entering students within 4 years, my state schools are quoting 6-year graduation rates. 2. The graduation rate of these out-of-state universities are over 85%, my state loses 48% of entering students by sophomore year. 3. I get to exercise my academic interests and explore my options with a population of students with a "different mind set" since they're not from my state. 4. Since they're interested in attracting students from all 50 states and countries from around the world and my academics are excellent and scores are top-notch, there are scholarships available to me. 5. "I need to be farther away from home" and "on my own" to feel independent and successful.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

Public v. Private? By and Large

I interpret this question as a debate between public versus private education, because clearly, a student from NJ can attend UMD, be out of state but still be attending a public institution. Public institutions by and large (emphasis on the large) have larger student populations (some exceptions include SUNY Geneseo and The College of William and Mary). Larger can seem enticing to high school students who assume (often inaccurately) that college has to be larger than their high school or it is not college. The larger the student population, the larger the number of classes taught not by the scholarly professors, but their teaching assistants. Students choose public universities for the often large array of majors available in contrast to smaller private colleges. Finally, many of my students desire anonymity: they like the 500 student lecture format. However, another large percentage of my clients have enjoyed the close relationships they have developed with their high school teachers and desire that quality of relationship in college. Private colleges frequently report higher student engagement in student learning often resulting in higher percentages of graduates being accepted to graduate school after graduatation.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

In state or out of state

Every student is different. Some will thrive away from home and on their own, some need to stay a little closer to home. Whether you go near or far you need to make the commitment to stay on campus on weekends and immerse yourself in your new life. I don't really think there are benefits and drawbacks generally, only specifically. For example, when my daughter started looking at colleges she wanted to stay in town, but we felt that she would grow more as a person if she went away. She attended college in a distant state, did two study abroads, and pursued graduate studies in a different city. Now she is back home and working on her career. She benefited from going away, seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, and living elsewhere. Not all students should go out of state, but I think many should.

Francine Schwartz
Founder/ President Pathfinder Counseling LLC

College - Choices Near and Far

Going to school in state generally means you will be living closer to home. It will be easier to come home for weekends and holidays to see your family and friends who may also be close to home. There is a sense of familiarity being in your home state which will help ease the transition to college. If you plan to continue to live in your state after college obtaining certain certifications such as for teaching may be less complicated. Drawbacks include possibly not having as much diversity as you would venturing farther from home. Also it may be harder to become independent if you have the comfort of home to fall back on. Francine Schwartz, M.A., LPC, NCC Founder and President Pathfinder Counseling LLC

Joseph Romano
College Counselor Bellarmine College Preparatory

Value Added out-of-state

Students gain new outlooks, become exposed to cultures different from their own, and gain perspective by attending college outside of their own state

Lynda McGee
College Counselor Downtown Magnets High School

Learning Is Not Confined To The Classroom

As someone who started as a commuter at a local state college, and then transferred 2400 miles away, I feel especially qualified for this question. The benefits of "going away" to college is that it forces you out of your comfort zone. You will need to find friends, perhaps adjust to weather changes, and learn to live without your parents right there to fix things for you. You will also experience a taste of freedom that isn't possible when you attend college close to home. You will leave college with friends from all over, whereas at a local school, most of your contacts will be residents of your state. The drawbacks are that going home will be limited, and you will probably be spending Thanksgiving with a new friend's family if winter break is just 3 weeks away. But this is how you make deep friendships, and the pluses far outweigh the minuses.

Renee Boone
The College Advisor

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Attending college in-state may keep you inside your comfort zone. If you are familiar with location and culture, you may find the transition to college less stressful than it might be if you are a stranger in a strange land. However, part of the college experience includes learning how to adjust to new situations. If you attend out of state, you are more likely to encounter students whose geographic and background diversity challenge what you know and push you to consider perspectives that are new to you. Broadening your experience, by attending college out of state, may help you build a solid foundation for later years when you are called upon to work in unfamiliar territory. There are, of course, benefits to going to a college closer to or further away from home. It may be easier for family and old friends to see and accept the new you when you return after having been away for a while than it is for them to recognize your subtle growth when they see you more regularly. Many students find that their skills in independent living and problem-solving are increased when they attend colleges away from home; laundry notwithstanding, as you make daily decisions on your own without the benefit of familiarity, you may find yourself rapidly growing in confidence and self-esteem.